Yearly Calendar 2022

National Crafts Museum Yearly Calender 2022 (April, 2022 – March, 2023)

National Crafts Museum holds in each exhibition period either a special or collection exhibition.


The Cyclical Nature of Art Nouveau and the Stylistic Influence of Japanese Crafts and Design

December 25, 2021 – March 21, 2022

*Closed: Mondays (except January 10, March 21, 2022), January 11, 2022, and from December 27, 2021 to Junuary 1, 2022

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Art Nouveau (French for “new art”) flourished in Europe from the end of the 19th to the beginning of the 20th century. Japanese art was a formative influence on the style. While on the one hand a cutting-edge art movement, Art Nouveau was also a mirror that reflected and absorbed images of Japan.

This exhibition presents works by Henry van de Velde and Alfonse Mucha while also examining developments in Japanese crafts and design of the same era, including artists such as Miyagawa Kozan I and Sugiura Hisui, who incorporated expressions from Art Nouveau. Moreover, while focusing on the special characteristics of Japanese art as a source of inspiration for Art Nouveau, the exhibition traces the underlying view of nature, aspects of which have been carried on until the present day, in a variety of works.

In this exhibition, comprised of works from the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo along with related pieces from the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, we consider Art Nouveau from a wide range of perspectives. Viewers will have an opportunity to experience the dynamism of various cultures coming into contact and resonating with each other, and the delicate Japanese sensibility that gave rise to outstanding crafts.

Ceramics of the Past and of the Future: The Timelessness of Traditional Japanese Craft Arts

IMAIZUMI Imaemon XIV, Bowl with Bush Clover in Overglaze Enamels, Sekka, Usuzumi, and Sumi-hajiki, 2019, Private Collection

April 5 – June 19, 2022

*Closed: Mondays

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This exhibition of contemporary Japanese ceramic art has been organized to commemorate the Japanese Traditional Ceramic Art’s 50th annual ceramics exhibition. Displays will provide an overview of the subcommittee’s activities to date, as well as explore how the subcommittee’s artists have applied their skills and aesthetic to maintaining the relevancy of traditional Japanese ceramics. Visitors will get to see a variety of beautiful Japanese ceramic works by both renowned masters designated in Japan as Living National Treasures, as well as up-and-coming artists.


Free Inquiry for Kids & Adults: 〇△☐✕ for Crafting Crafts (tentative title)

YOTSUYA Simon, Anatomical Boy, 1983
photo:Saiki Taku

July 5 – September 4, 2022

*Closed: Mondays (except July 18, 2022), July 19, 2022

When observing crafts, we come across various ○s, △s, ☐s, and ✕s. Our goal for this summer is to explore the secrets of crafts through the frame of ○△☐✕. Why don’t you try at your own pace, or joining forces of kids and adults? Enjoyable programs as well as helpful tools will be available. Don’t miss it!

Genreless KŌGEI (tentative title)

INAGAKI Toshijiro, Wall-hangings, "Tiger", stencil dyeing on cotton, 1960

September 16 – December 4, 2022

*Closed: Mondays (except September 19, October 10, 2022), and September 20, October 11, 2022

In recent years, kōgei (crafts) are reevaluated in a new context as more and more artists pursue their own expression using crafts’materials and techniques without sticking to the conventional genres. Centering on works from our collection, this exhibition offers an opportunity to appreciate artist’s expression regardless of genre by reviewing the works from three viewpoints: regionality, design, and contemporary art.

Embarking on a Trip around the World at the Crafts Museum: Focus on Foreign Crafts and Design (tentative title)

Ruth Duckworth, Untitled, no. 706201, 2001
photo: S&T PHOTO ©2018

December 20, 2022 – February 26, 2023

*Closed: Mondays (except January 9, 2023), and the New Year’s holiday, January 10, 2023

The National Crafts Museum presents a variety of exhibitions, which include not only Japanese crafts but also works from the museum collection by foreign artisans and designers. The collection contains approximately 180 craft from other countries and roughly 300 design works. In this exhibition, we focus on works by foreign artists from the museum’s holdings that have rarely been displayed in the past. This will also provide us with an opportunity to consider how crafts and design are related to the history and climate of the places from which they emerge. Why not join us on this trip around the world via crafts and design at this point in time when it is so hard to move around freely?

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